Students map Milan neighbourhoods to revitalise suburbs

Report to inspire urban regeneration in Milan.

A group of 32 students from Milan Polytechnic’s school of architecture has produced a detailed study of Milan, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, analysing dozens of socio-economic parameters to help city hall plan a cleanup and revitalisation of the city suburbs.

The 107-page study, illustrated with maps and diagrams, has been presented to the municipal suburbs commission to provide a basic analysis of the city’s boroughs on themes such as criminality, population density, property values, green areas, religion, income and much more.

The students’ hope is that this detailed and updated X-ray of Milan will inspire new urbanistic solutions to improve the city – as long as they respect the local social patterns, for instance by exploiting abandoned, degraded or unused properties.

The section on criminality, for example, was planned to reveal connections between the type of crime and the neighbourhood where most crimes are committed. While most thefts occur in the central districts, murders are more prevalent in Porta Romana, Città Studi, Centrale and Loreto areas, while armed robbery is concentrated around Brera, Guastalla and Corso 22 Marzo.

Unsurprisingly, the highest incomes are found in the city centre, as is the more valuable real estate.

The study will no doubt be a boon for estate agents, house-hunters and companies intending to relocate. The full document can be downloaded at this link (warning: a 164Mb PDF file).